Purplish is CPR News' weekly podcast about state politics, state government, Colorado policy, and political identity. This season the show is hosted by public affairs reporters Bente Birkeland, Caitlyn Kim and Andrew Kenney. Each week ahead of (and even a bit after) the 2020 election, they'll break down the latest developments in the races and on the ground, look ahead to what's next, and dive into the bigger picture of what it all means for our not-red, not-blue, still pretty purple state.
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Latest Episodes

  • Every election is a time of reckoning -- a chance for the state to look at its choices and divisions and consider where things go from here. To begin that conversation, this final episode of the season turns to two guests with a deep understanding of the state's politics and voters.
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  • You know Colorado voted for Joe Biden, and chose John Hickenlooper over Cory Gardner. But what about all those ballot measures voters said yes to -- what will that mean for your life here? And hey, spare a thought for your state legislature; the balance of power came out basically static, and that's actually rather interesting. Intrigued? Good.
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  • Obviously the big headlines on election night will be who wins and who loses, which ballot measures pass and which fail. But elections also tell a story -- about where the state is now, and where it might be headed. And that's what our Purplish team looks ahead to in this, our last episode before the election!
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  • More than a million people have already cast ballots in Colorado. The Purplish team digs into who they are and what's motivating them to get it done so early. At the same time that lots of people are voting, there are also a lot of rumors flying about alleged attempts to prevent that from happening. A special guest joins to help separate fact from fiction.
    Hank Murphy and Deedee cast a ballot for the November, 2020 election outside of the Carla Madison Rec Center on Colfax Avenue. Oct. 16, 2020.Hank Murphy and Deedee cast a ballot for the November, 2020 election outside of the Carla Madison Rec Center on Colfax Avenue. Oct. 16, 2020.
  • You know we’re getting close — the whole Purplish team is finally together in the studio for the first time. Hosts Caitlyn Kim, Andrew Kenney, and Bente Birkeland break down the U.S. Senate debates, dish about which presidential surrogates have been through to stump (the Veep’s nephew!
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  • Eleven, to be precise. Do we manage to talk about all of them in a half hour? Heck no. But our team does dive deep on a few, while also talking about the larger dynamics at play on the ballot.
    Pro-life advocates deliver thousands of signed petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State's office, initiating a ballot measure process that could ban abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. March 4, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)Pro-life advocates deliver thousands of signed petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State's office, initiating a ballot measure process that could ban abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. March 4, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
  • What happens when two candidates who are both running as the "nice guy" in the race meet on stage? This week we look ahead to the upcoming run of Senate debates. What's at stake for Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper? And what about that presidential debate, huh?
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  • It's political gospel that to win a campaign, you've got to reach individual voters, the more directly the better. So how are campaigns adapting their techniques to meet the challenges of the pandemic? Plus, there's about to be a giant Supreme Court nomination fight in Washington. Do Colorado voters care?
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